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9659012] Media caption Cardinal Vincent Nichols says that the idea of a burning hell is not part of Catholic doctrine (picture shows Pope Francis)
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the oldest Catholic in England and Wales, said, "It There is nowhere in Catholic doctrine that actually says that anyone is in hell. "
He told the BBC that the Pope apparently" explores the images of hell – fire and sulfur and all that. "
"This was never part of the Catholic teaching, it was part of Catholic iconography, part of Christian iconography."
According to Scalfari's article on Thursday, he asked the Pope where "evil souls" go and where they are punished. The journalist is an avowed atheist.
"Souls are not punished," the pope was quoted in the Repubblica play. "Those who repent receive God's forgiveness and go into the ranks of those who look at him, but those who can not repent and be forgiven disappear." There is no hell – there is the disappearance of sinful souls. "
The Vatican said it was not an interview but a private gathering on the occasion of Easter, and Scalfari's article "is the fruit of his reconstruction".